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About Us

The UCSF Bariatric Surgery Center offers a full range of surgical weight-loss options, including laparoscopic and open Roux-Y gastric bypass, laparoscopic gastric banding, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and laparoscopic and open revisional bariatric surgery.

With more than 700 procedures performed and more than ninety percent (90%) of procedures performed laparoscopically, our patients enjoyed an average loss of excess body weight of more than 60 percent one year after surgery. Most of our patients experience all the benefits of a bariatric operation, including resolution of obesity-associated comorbidities as well as improvement in quality of life. Since the program began in 2004, our overall complication rate is half the national average, with zero operative mortality.

Our bariatric surgeons are fellowship trained and have extensive additional training in bariatric, gastrointestinal surgery and advanced laparoscopic techniques. The hospital facilities are prepared for the care of the morbidly obese patients, with operating and patient rooms designed specifically for bariatric patients. Radiology and interventional services are available around the clock, as are in-house physicians and faculty surgeons.

We consider bariatric surgery a tool to help patients live healthier and fuller lives.  Our multidisciplinary approach includes the team of surgeons, internal medicine specialists, nutritionists, nurses and nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and clinical coordinators. We offer comprehensive evaluations before surgery, and follow-up care after surgery that includes support groups, dietitian services, continuing education and regular visits with comprehensive monitoring. 

Associate Professor & Chief, Minimally Invasive Surgery,
Division of General Surgery
Director, Bariatric Surgery Center & Liver Tumor Ablation Program,
UCSF Medical Center
Director, Videoendoscopic Surgery, Zuckerberg San Francisco General 
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX Distinguished Professor of Global Surgery
Ruth M. Dunn Endowed Chair in Minimally Invasive Surgery

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